Here’s What’s Going On: 06/05/2013 Video News Update

Get a look at Superman’s new look… STAR TREK producer Brannon Braga gets all witchy… Damon Lindelof gets Left Behind… THE WIZARD OF OZ goes deep…
Cinefantastique Online’s Dan Persons brings you up-to-date on what’s happening in the world of genre media.

Man of Steel in 3D & IMAX June 14

Warner Brothers releases their reboot of the Superman franchise, which has been dormant since the disappointing SUPERMAN RETURNS (2006). Zack Snyder (SUCKER PUNCH) directs from a screenplay by David S. Goyer, from a story developed by Goyer and producer Christopher Nolan, based on the character created by Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster. The film offers another origin story, with the young Kal-El being sent to Earth by his father Jor-El (Russell Crowe) and growing up with Martha Kent (Diane Lane) and Jonathan Kent (Kevin Costner) before turning into Superman (Henry Cavill) and confronting his father’s mortal enemy General Zod (Michael Shannon). Also in the cast are Amy Adams as Lois Lane, Laurence Fishburne as Perry White, Christopher Meloni ans Colonel Hardy, and Jadin GOuld as Lana Lang.
U.S. Theatrical Release Date: June 14

'Smallville' Returns – In Comic Book

smallville_comicThe Warner Brothers Television series SMALLVILLE garnered quite a few fans (and vocal critics) in it’s years on the abandoned WB Network and it’s successor, the CW.  
In view of the upcoming MAN OF STEEL film relaunch, it’s somewhat surprising to see DC Comic launch a comic book continuation of the TV series.
Here’s DC’s press release:

“Fans of the smash-hit TV series Smallville haven’t had much to cheer about since the show ended its critically acclaimed 10-year run on The CW last May. That’s all going to change with the upcoming new comic book series from DC Entertainment: SMALLVILLE SEASON 11.
Written by former Smallville show scribe Bryan Q. Miller, the new digital first series will be published digitally on April 13, 2012, with new digital chapters released weekly thereafter. Additionally, the online chapters will be offered in a print periodical, along with an episode guide to the hit television series, with the first print issue released on May 16.
The new comic book series picks-up where the show left off (with Clark officially now as Superman!) and features other fan-favorite characters including Oliver Queen/Green Arrow, Chloe Sullivan-Queen, Lois Lane, Lex Luthor, and General Lane.
The book features an all-star creative team – in addition to Miller, SMALLVILLE SEASON 11 creators include print cover artist Gary Frank (SUPERMAN SECRET ORIGIN), digital cover artist Cat Staggs and interiors by Pere Perez (BATGIRL).
“Six months after Clark Kent donned the cape and took to the skies to save Earth from Apokolips… enter Season 11!” enthuses Miller. “New allies abound! New enemies afoot! And old friends return where they’re least expected! Pere and colorist Chris Beckett have done a fantastic job of capturing the look of the show and the players, and Gary and Cat are knocking it out of the park on covers. I couldn’t be more excited to help give seasoned viewers and new readers an all-access pass to Clark’s first year in the cape.’ “

Lois (Erica Durance) & Clark (Tom Welling)

The cover preview above  seems to include a well-rendered likeness of SMALLVILLE star Tom Welling as the Man of Steel, wearing the “New 52” version of the costume. The series finale had featured a mostly CGI version of Welling in what seemed like a mix of the traditional ‘uniform’ and the SUPERMAN RETURNS costume.

Cavill on playing Superman

 Henry Cavill, interveiwed by  reporter Chris Van Vliet from CBS-19 (Cleveland, Ohio) for IMMORTALS, talked about putting on his MAN OF STEEL  Superman costume for the first time.
The British actor  said “…To turn around and realize that I’m Superman… there’s no other feeling like it”, and said it was one of the best moments” of his life.

'Man of Steel' Green Screen Pics


MOS_cavill_grenS1SocialliteLife has a bunch of location green screen shots of Henry Cavill’s still-bearded Superman on what appears to be a ship, with a helicopter on its landing deck.
The massive greenscreen set was built outside in Vancouver, BC.

See the link above for more pics.

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'Man of Steel' Story Description

Warner Brothers Pitures’ capsule description of the in-production MAN OF STEEL comes via the Superman Homepage:
MAN of Steel_CAVILL_large“The Warner Bros. Pictures, DC Entertainment, and Legendary Pictures feature film “Man of Steel” will be holding open casting calls in Nanaimo and Ucluelet on Vancouver Island. The film is seeking local people to work as background artists in scenes to be filmed in early October. This is fully paid work. There will be some casting for speaking roles in Vancouver, however this open casting call is for extras only.
“Man of Steel” is currently filming in the Chicago, Illinois area and shooting will move to British Columbia on September 21, 2011. Filming will continue in Vancouver and surrounding areas through January 20, 2012.”

In the pantheon of superheroes, Superman is the most recognized and revered character of all time.
Clark Kent/Kal-El (Henry Cavill) is a young twentysomething journalist who feels alienated by powers beyond anyone’s imagination. Transported to Earth years ago from Krypton, an advanced alien planet, Clark struggles with the ultimate question – Why am I here?
Shaped by the values of his adoptive parents Martha (Diane Lane) and Jonathan Kent (Kevin Costner), Clark soon discovers that having super abilities means making very difficult decisions.

But when the world needs stability the most, it comes under attack. Will his abilities be used to maintain peace or ultimately used to divide and conquer?
Clark must become the hero known as “Superman,” not only to shine as the world’s last beacon of hope but to protect the ones he loves.


1st Pic of Cavill as Superman

MAN of Steel_CAVILL_largeHere’s the first look at Henry Cavill suited up as Superman in Warner Brothers Pictures’ MAN OF STEEL.
Looks like an annoyed Supes has just torn open a bank vault-like door.
Certainly a dramatic introduction to this new incarnation of the character. Director Zack Synder will likely deliver a great-looking Superman film, lets hope it’s also a satisfying return to the silver screen for the iconic DC Comics character.

Laurence Fishburne Cast as Perry White

laurence fishburne_1According to Entertainment Weekly,  Laurence Fishburne (THE MATRIX) has been cast to  play Perry White , The Daily Planet’s Editor-in-Chief in Warner Brothers Pictures Superman re-boot MAN OF STEEL.
It’s unknown if the casting is script-motivated, or simply director Zack Snyder (WATCHMEN) picking an actor who would be good for the role, regardless of race.

Created in 1940 for the SUPERMAN radio series as a replacement for the comic book’s Daily Star/Planet editor George Taylor, the character was created to suit character actor Julian Noa’s blustery talents. Noa played Perry White until the various radio series’ versions (the syndicated SUPERMAN and Mutal/ABC network ADVENTURES OF SUPERMAN daily and weekly shows) ended in 1951.
On screen, Perry White was played in the 1948 and 1950 Columbia Studios SUPERMAN serials by Pierre Watkins. John Hamilton played a memorable crusty but avuncular  editor White in the 1950’s George Reeves-starring series THE ADVENTURES OF SUPERMAN.

John Hamilton, George Reeves, Jack Larson, Noel Neil
John Hamilton, George Reeves, Jack Larson, Noel Neil

Jackie Cooper took on the role of Perry White in the Warner Brothers SUPERMAN: The Movie and the the rest of the Christopher Reeve-starring films.  Lane Smith gave the role a southern flavor in the 1990’s  ABC TV series LOIS AND CLARK: THE NEW ADVENTURES OF SUPERMAN.
 Michael McKean showed up as a younger, realtively immature Perry White in several episodes of WB/CW Network’s SMALLVILLE, and Frank Langella (DRACULA) took on the role in Brian Singer’s SUPERMAN RETURNS.

Antje Traue is Faora in 'Man of Steel'

Antje Traue in PANDORUM
Antje Traue in PANDORUM

Variety reports that German actress Antje Traue (PANDORUM) will play the Kryptonian villainess Faora in Zack Snyder’s MAN OF STEEL,
Faora has had several incarnations, from male-hating killer to ruthless scientist and (on SMALLVILLE) the wife of General Zod, who will be played by BOARDWALK EMPIRE’s Michael Shannon.
The serial man-killing version of Faora was used as a basis of SUPERMAN & SUPERMAN II’s Ursa, played Sarah Douglas.
In the comics, the first Faora’s knowlege of a deadly form of Kryptonian martial arts based on pressure points and the nervous system made her a formidable fighter.

Superman, The Crow & They Live: CFQ Round Table Podcast 2:14.1

L to r: THEY LIVE, THE CROW, Michael Shannon

This week’s edition of the Cinefantastique Round Table Podcast ran even longer than usual, so we are presenting it in multiple parts, beginning with theatrical news and release dates. On the table for discussion are the casting of Michael Shannon as General Zod in MAN OF STEEL, the directorial assignment of Juan Carlos Fresnadillo (28 WEEKS LATER) to direct a reboot of THE CROW, and word that Matt Reeves (LET ME IN) is interested in making a film based on “8 O’clock in the Morning,” the short story that inspired John Carpenter’s political science fiction satire, THEY LIVE.
And if that is not enough news from the world of Horror, Fantasy, and Science Fiction Cinema, don’t forget to check back for the second installment of this week’s podcast, the debut of CFQ’s Laserblast Home Video News & Reviews, in which Dan Persons Lawrence French, and Steve Biodrowski will look at everything from the new Blu-ray release of THE INCREDIBLE to Hammer Films’ new direct-to-video thriller, THE RESIDENT, starring Hilary Swank and Christopher Lee.